About Literacy Volunteers

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Our Vision

Every person in Leon County will have the literacy skills needed to independently pursue life goals, support one’s family and actively participate in the community.
What: Literacy Volunteers of Leon County (LVLC) trains and supports volunteers who work one-to-one with adults and families, helping them to learn how to read and write, do math, or speak English (ESOL) There is no fee for services. Where: Literacy and ESOL tutors teach adults and families at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library and at the six branch libraries. LVLC administrative offices are on the third floor of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library, 200 W. Park Ave, Tallahassee, FL. When: Tutors and students arrange their weekly 1-2 hour sessions on a day and time a public library is open – that can be seven days a week, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. ESOL conversation groups meet weekly. Who: LVLC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and increase literacy in our community. LVLC is supported, in part, by the Leon County Board of Commissioners, LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System, Friends of the Leon County Public Library, and United Way of the Big Bend. You can support LVLC now by donating online. How: LVLC staff are professional certified program coordinators who train and support volunteer tutors, assess and monitor student progress and oversee two learning labs with computers and resource materials for tutors and students. Staff organize frequent events to promote adult and family literacy, including ESOL, in Leon County. The LVLC Board of Directors — who are community volunteers with a variety of talents — promote adult and family literacy, including ESOL, by setting LVLC policy, overseeing operations, promoting LVLC, and raising money. Why: Literacy Volunteers of Leon County (LVLC) was founded in 1980 by the Outreach Services Manager for the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library. The organization began with fewer than 20 students; now LVLC serves more than 400 students annually. In 1982, Literacy Volunteers incorporated when it affiliated with Literacy Volunteers of America. October 2002, Literacy Volunteers of America and Laubach Literacy International merged to form a new organization, ProLiteracy America. LVLC is proud to be an affiliate of ProLiteracy America.

For Tutors

Literacy Volunteers of Leon County empowers adults and families to improve literacy skills – reading, writing, math and speaking English through volunteer tutors.

Start Learning

Do you or does someone you know want to learn how to read, write, do math, or speak better English?

LVLC Staff

Rhonda Cooper

Rhonda Cooper

Executive Director

Rhonda Cooper, Program Director, has an M.A. in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from the University of Idaho. She taught English for many years in several countries for many years. She was the Director of the Intensive English Program at the American University of Armenia, before returning to the US and working in test development for the Florida Department of Education. Initially hired as the ESOL program coordinator, Rhonda has been the Program Director for LVLC since 2006.
Alden Field

Alden Field

Family Literacy Program Coordinator

Alden Field, Family Literacy Program Coordinator, has M.A.s in Eastern Classics and Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and is a certified Adult Basic Literacy tutor trainer with ProLiteracy. He started working with Literacy Volunteers of Leon County while serving a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2005.  He assumed the role of Program Coordinator for the Family Literacy Program in 2006.
Karen Strange

Karen Strange

ESOL Program Coordinator

Karen Strange, ESOL Program Coordinator, has an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Wuerzburg. She has worked as a language instructor for more than 25 years and is a certified ESOL tutor trainer through ProLiteracy. She has been LVLC’s ESOL Program Coordinator since 2006.
Marian Valach

Marian Valach

Administrative Assistant

Marian Valach, Administrative Assistant, has been a vital member of LVLC since 1999. She has served as an Adult Literacy tutor and office volunteer.

LVLC Board of Directors

Tobi L. Goodman, MSW, M.S.

Tobi L. Goodman, MSW, M.S.

President

Amelia Anderson, Ph.D, MLIS

Amelia Anderson, Ph.D, MLIS

Vice President

Asitava “AJ” Jana, Ph.D., CPM

Asitava “AJ” Jana, Ph.D., CPM

Treasurer

Gale A. Workman, Ph.D., C-TEFL

Gale A. Workman, Ph.D., C-TEFL

Secretary

Members

Yuanyuan Jiang

Yuanyuan Jiang

Student Representative; Ex-Oficio Member

Tariq Gay

Tariq Gay

Youth Leadership Liaison, Ex-Officio Member

Jen Hinson, J.D.

Jen Hinson, J.D.

Friends of the Library, Ex-Officio Member

Wachell McKendrick, Ph.D., CAP

Wachell McKendrick, Ph.D., CAP

Member

Ebrahim Montazeri

Ebrahim Montazeri

Member

Nathalie Pierre, MBA, CFE

Nathalie Pierre, MBA, CFE

Member

Debra Sears

Debra Sears

LCPL Extension Services Manager, Ex-Officio Member

Hannah Williams

Hannah Williams

Member

Penny Young

Penny Young

Member